Journalists Killed  |  Thailand

Sayomchai Vijitwittayapong


January 10, 1998, in Phichit, Thailand

Sayomchai, an investigative reporter for Bangkok's third-largest daily newspaper, Matichon, was found dead of a gunshot wound in his car in the city of Phichit in central Thailand. He was last seen leaving his Bangkok home on January 9 with a tape recorder and camera on his way to meet a village headman. Colleagues believe he was killed because of his reporting on corruption in the construction industry. He had received death threats and had reportedly refused a bribe to drop his investigation.

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: Corruption

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Criminal Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes

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